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If you charge a big SUV again you accept some big choices to make. If you capital a ample SUV that was additionally absolutely acceptable bulk again the Mazda CX-5 kept the best account adequately short, until the Skoda Kodiaq came forth and upped the game. Mazda has upped its bold too in response, but Ford has additionally revised the Kuga, so the bold is afoot.
To accumulate things as according as possible, we’ve gone for all three with 148bhp agent engines on board, the beyond one actuality in the Mazda by 200cc. We haven’t gone for the alternative four-wheel drive variants but accept kept it simple with front-wheel drive beyond the trio. All’s fair.
Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 Sport Nav
Price: £28,695Engine: 2.2-litre dieselPower: 148bhpTorque: 280lb ft0-60mph: 9.3secTop speed: 127mphEconomy: 56.5mpgCO2 emissions: 132g/km
Although they aftermath the aforementioned power, the agency it comes through does differ. If you weren’t apperception you could anticipate that the agent in the CX-5 was absolutely a turbocharged petrol, such is its alacrity to batter out the revs beyond the range. It has a abundant added alive ambit than the Kuga, although with both accepting a chiral manual it’s the Ford that has the sweeter gearchange.
The Skoda gets auto gearshifting as standard, and it’s a glossy abettor on the whole. Actual low speeds can be a bit rougher for the gearbox, but about it’s bland and helps the Skoda cull able-bodied beyond the range.
Ford has the acceptability as the aggregation authoritative good-handling cars and it’s accurate that the Kuga leans its abundant cocky beneath through the corners than the added two, but that comes at the bulk of a cheeky council that doesn’t arouse confidence. The Kodiaq does angular added but it feels added abiding and beneath nervous. But it’s the CX-5 that handles the best, analogous that about petrol-like agent performance.
That controlled administration does beggarly a ride that’s a blow firm, although the Ford will accord you added of a blame over a asperous road. The Skoda leads the leash in assuming how to bear a ride that is adequate and controlled, whether about boondocks or out on the motorway.
Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 SE DSG
Price: £27,115Engine: 2.0-litre dieselPower: 148bhpTorque: 251lb/ft0-60mph: 9.2secTop speed: 123mphEconomy: 56.5mpgCO2 emissions: 131g/km
Many buy an SUV because they appetite that aerial and advantageous active position. Sadly you don’t absolutely get it in the lower-slung Ford, which is calmly baffled by the CX-5, which has the best basement and examination belvedere for the disciplinarian – aided added by a accepted abandoning camera.
The old Mazda had a faintly naff berth and so the CX-5 shows some apparent improvements. It’s abundant classier as a aftereffect of a above makeover, leaping advanced of the added bargain activity in the Ford. The Skoda beats both, calmly in agreement of the Ford, by a bit over the Mazda.
Skoda additionally plays addition of its trump cards, with a massive bulk of amplitude for bodies and their luggage. In the rear decidedly you feel absolutely absolutely spoiled, helped by a rear bench which can move to and fro, sitting in advanced of a all-inclusive breadth for luggage. The Mazda isn’t that far abaft for space, but both are able-bodied advanced of the Ford, which doesn’t assume to utilise its amplitude as able-bodied as the others.
The Skoda looks acceptable in agreement of equipment, but you alone get a 6.5-inch infotainment awning which doesn’t accommodate sat nav unless you feel like advantageous addition £775 for the actual brittle 8-inch screen. The Mazda has a 7-inch awning as standard, and you can ascendancy it by a rotary punch which is a big plus. It’s additionally able-bodied in the band of afterimage so you don’t accept to booty your eyes far off the road. The 8-inch awning in the Ford Kuga looks bigger in approach but in absoluteness it seems a bit low-res and not absolutely logical.
Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi 150 ST Line
Price: £28,745Engine: 2.0-litre dieselPower: 148bhpTorque: 273lb/ft0-60mph: 9.4secTop speed: 121mphGov’t ammunition economy: 60.1mpgCO2 emissions: 122g/km
We’ve activated the Kodiaq in almost basal SE trim because if you move up the trims you again get a abounding seven seats and the amount bangs over the £30,000 mark. With the others in added abounding trim they can absolutely attenuate the Skoda with a bit of haggling. That abundant discounting will beggarly abundant abrasion for the Ford Kuga, admitting the Mazda CX-5 will absolutely prove the cheapest to buy and to run over three years. The Kuga comes aback with cheaper PCP deals if that’s how you are advantageous though.
The Mazda would be the best big-ticket as a aggregation car, but it comes absolutely burdened in this trim with all the toys you could want, way added than the Ford or the Skoda.
When you tot up the array you acquisition the Ford Kuga in third abode and by a allowance too. It aloof doesn’t feel like bulk for money like this, not at all, although a cheaper one – prices alpha from aloof beneath £22,000 – ability accomplish some sense. The added two are abundant added analogously matched.
In abounding agency the Skoda Kodiaq is the best agent here, classy, spacious, accomplished administration and riding, and conceivably alms appropriate bulk for money. But if you appetite added kit you accept to pay too abundant for it in our opinion, which is a shame.
Which agency the Mazda CX-5, which comes burdened with kit, takes the win. Mazda has fabricated absolutely appropriate advances in important areas like berth and active enjoyment. The actuality that it’s the cheapest to buy and run is aloof gravy. We’d like a bigger ride – and conceivably a archetypal with abate auto would advice that – but contrarily this is a bright champ if you and your ancestors are afterwards a good-value, ample SUV.
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